Articles on Accent, Kusamono, and Companion Plantings

Underplanting and Accent Plants

By Kev Bailey, United Kingdom


When exhibiting Bonsai formally, they are kept uncluttered. A minimal underplanting of well chosen and perfectly grown moss is traditional. Many judges prefer this to only cover a small portion of the pot's surface. A well chosen accent plant, in a small separate pot, is better for showing than dense undergrowth. Accent plants also allow the designer to build on the theme started by the tree.
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Accent Plants for Bonsai

By Wolfgang Putz, Austria


The accent plant should be arranged in such a way that the bonsai will be accentuated. If you look at it from above a more dominating bonsai will be less accentuated from a plant in the foreground. When the accent plant moves to the back, it accentuates the bonsai more if needed.
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